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Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson
Category: Fiction, Young Adult
Why I Read It: Because you told me to!
Summary: Ginny’s aunt is gone, but she left Ginny 13 mysterious letters. She is to do exactly as they say, and she can open the next one only when given permission. The first letter gets her on a plane to London, the second takes her to a complete stranger’s house, and the rest just get crazier from there.
Review: I had trouble connecting to Ginny in the first half of the book. She was just going through the motions and following the letters to the uh, letter. I know that was the crux of the plot, but her passive nature kept her flat in my mind. However, by the second half, what finally made her come alive was her grief. The ending even choked me up a bit.
This was an enjoyable read with a nice little romance. If you typically enjoy MJ’s books and especially if you’ve ever wanted to tour Europe, this one’s worth the time. (By the way, my fave-iest fave by MJ is still The Key to the Golden Firebird.)
From the Land of Writerly Musings: I liked the aunt’s letters spread throughout the book, but I wasn’t a fan of the few letters Ginny wrote to her best friend back home. They weren’t frequent, so they jarred my reading. Also unsettling was going from third-person point of view where Ginny’s emotions aren’t all that clear to a letter where she lays her heart out. I found myself wanting the emotions to be more woven into the text instead of stuck in those letters.
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